TESS Opportunities


Volunteering, Publishing, webinars Opportunities

  • Field Assistant Volunteer Positions Available. We are seeking volunteers to aid with my 3-month (September-November) field season in Mission Beach and Atherton Tablelands. It will be utilized numerous methods to collect and sample invertebrates ranging from mites to large beetles and crickets. This is a great opportunity to experience Far North Queensland's beautiful tropical rainforests, entomology, and ecology.  If you are interested please email to: Charlotte.Raven@research.usc.edu.au
  • CAFNEC is recruiting new Core Trainers. It's a volunteer position and ideal opportunity for you who has a passion for working with people and environment organisations. Visit their website for more information.
  • We are seeking volunteers to help us save the tropical forests! Millions of kilometres of new roads are set to be built in crucial biodiversity hotspots and carbon sinks all around the globe. Only half of roads are included in existing roadmaps. We need your help to document unmapped roads and contribute to vital conservation work. Contact us to know more

Scholarships, Training and Job Opportunities

  • Mars Inc. is opening a position for a molecular biologist /  plant-microbe interactions to work in my team in Davis, California. More information here.
  • Great opportunities re-opened up for a Darwin based permanent full entomologist with the Northern Australian Quarantine Strategy (NAQS) laboratory. The includes biosecurity surveillance and diagnostics across the top end. With no incumbent in the role, this presents an exciting opportunity for an experienced or developing entomologist. Please distribute to your professional networks.
  • Entomologist

    Job Ref - 2023/2454


    11:00 PM (AEDT)

    Note also several other opportunities in the Darwin NAQS office:

    Plant pathologist - Job Ref - 2023/2392 - APS 5 - $78,548 - $86,168 per annum plus superannuation

    Community Liaison Officer - Job Ref - 2023/2491 - APS 4 - $72,002 - $78,386 per annum plus superannuation

  • The Allianz Climate Risk Award aims to celebrate scientists at the start of their career whose work sheds light on the nexus between climate change and extreme weather events.
  • Applicants must:

    1. Be an individual author;

    2. Submit only one research;

    3. Be a PhD student or a postdoctoral researcher:

    a) including recent PhD graduates and postdoctoral graduates if the defense of final research to obtain title is not more than two years at the time of the application;

    b) whose research focuses on:

    * Reducing the risk of extreme weather events that are intensified by climate change;

    * Fostering resilience by applying technological solutions.

    4.Submit the application form, signed declaration form, essay based on research and letter of recommendation by the deadline.

    5. If selected as Finalist, to attend the Award Event in Munich and present their work in person (travel costs covered by ACR).

    Selection Criteria:

    * Innovation,

    * Impact,

    * Applicability,

    * Academic excellence.

    Ten candidates will be shortlisted by a jury and their work published in a Compendium.

    Out of the 10, three will be invited to Munich, Germany, to present their research at an awards ceremony on Nov 22, 2023.

    The finalists all will receive funding to support their research.

    Submission deadline – August 31, 2023."

    For more information, please visit


  • Botanist position with the North Australian Quarantine Strategy (Darwin Office). More information here.
  • 23rd Cambridge Student Conference on Conservation Science (SCCS). The conference series aims to bring together conservation scientists in the early stages of their research careers. The closing date for all applications is 6 September 2023 at 10:00 BST. The conference is able to help outstanding students from lower income countries travel to the conference through a bursary scheme.  Further information about our bursaries and applying for the conference can be found on our website:  www.sccs-cam.org
  • THRIVE Global Impact Challenge.  Applications close on July 28, 2023.
  • Aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, the Global Impact Challenge is focused on four key themes each one central to supporting the transition to a net-zero future for agriculture. Click here for more information.
  • Eligibility Criteria:

    1. Entrepreneurs and startups from any country or region; early-stage startups or entrepreneurs at the seed to Series A stage.

    2. Focus areas:

    a) Soil Health & Diversity;

    b) Increasing Food Security;

    c) Reducing and Offsetting Emissions;

    d) Water Management & Quality.

    3. Applicants should demonstrate a clear alignment with one or more of the above focus areas.

    4. Solutions should address the specific challenges within these areas and offer innovative approaches for positive impact.

  • The National Parks Association of Queensland (NPAQ) is calling for applications for Jim Cuthbertson grant. This year, the grant amount has been risen to $8,000 from $4,000!  More information here.
  • Post-doctoral  Associate in Tropical Forest Ecology at Cary institute of Ecosystems Studies . The project aims to understand mortality of giant tropical trees and it is a big collaborative effort across the tropics. More information here.
  • Centre for Conservation Geography is hiring Conservation Spatial Scientist/GIS Analyst. Location: Byron Bay R
    Tenure: This is a part time 12-month fixed term contract with a 3-month probationary period. The contract may be extended beyond 12 months for the right person.
    Salary: $80,000 - $90,000 per annum pro rata plus superannuation dependent on skills and
    experience. Hours: 3 days per week, flexible. More information here.
  • JCU TropWATER and NQBP Summer Internship program for JCU enrolled students! They come along $2,000 bursary. For more information click here.
  • DAF Banana Nutrient Rate Trials project team and would be 4 people for 3 days work in approx. 2 weeks’ time. Location South Johnstone. A very good rate of $40/h for you! Interests please contact Contact us to know more or call on 0428 479 176.
  • BirdLife Northern Queensland (BLNQ) established the Graham Harrington Student Research Scholarship to encourage student researchers to pursue the systematic study of northern Queensland birds.  The scheme is open to any tertiary level student enrolled in a course of study that enables a field-based project to be included in the program. Projects should be focused on birds with a preference for those within northern Queensland although the area covered could include parts of eastern Northern Territory. 2023  grant is $3000.   For more information click here
  • Technical Officers with the DAF Tropical Fruit Market Access Team. For more information read here.
  • PO2 Fisheries Scientist role requirements and expectations are 36.25 hours per week with some weekend work required. Contact on (07) 3175 0680 for more information.
  • Post-Doctoral position on the socio-political, cultural and environmental  implications of the expansion of high-value horticulture industry in Australia at UQ. More information here.
  • Lizard Island Doctoral Fellowships/ Up to $14,000. Due to 7 October. Click here for more information.
  • AO4 Ranger (Projects) – primary focus is on projects to support monitoring and evaluation of fire, pest and biodiversity projects across the region.  This position co-ordinates our collaborative project with JCU and WTMA focussed on monitoring of climate vulnerable high altitude species in the Wet Tropics, leading the co-ordination of aerial feral animal surveys on Cape York parks and providing regional co-ordination of our Health Check program (a departmental monitoring program undertaken at a range of sites across our parks).  Depending on the person and their skills, we might also look to involve them in a review of a long-term savanna monitoring program that we are hoping to undertake.  At this stage the substantive holder of this position is away for a couple of months, but there is a good chance we will lose him until at least the end of the year. Hoping to appoint to this role until Dec 31.
  • QTFN (Queensland Trust for Nature): Ecologist position -  This role will form part of the Natural Environment team at Queensland Trust for Nature. The primary purpose of this role is to deliver a koala habitat offset project in the Brigalow Belt North Bioregion. Additionally, you will support other ecological field work teams with flora and fauna surveys as required.
  • Call for applications for MSc, Ma, PhD at UBC in Resources, Environmental and Sustainability. Second set of opportunities. Click here for more information.
  • Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is recruiting 400 regular faculty in the next 4 years in all research areas, in addition to over 100 new regular faculty - Hong Kong campus. More information here
  • Postdoctoral research program in sustainable development. The Earth Institute at Columbia University in New York, NY, seeks applications from innovative, doctoral candidates or recent PhD, M.D., J.D., or Sc.D. recipients (within 5 years of degree receipt) interested in a broad range of issues in sustainable development. The Institute is especially interested in qualified candidates from historically underrepresented groups for its Diversity Fellowships
  • PhD Scholarships in Zoology and Ecology Available at James Cook University in Cairns and Townsville. Check these fantastic opportunities to study at JCU. Here are some great examples to start your search:
  • The College of Science and Engineering is one of the 6 Colleges of JCU and is the home of JCU's expertise in Marine Biology, Zoology, Aquaculture, Engineering, Physical Sciences, Earth Science, and Environmental Management, which forms a strong grouping, uniquely placed to tackle the grand challenges facing the world, both fundamental research and application.

    Zoology and Ecology emphasises a diverse range of intellectual disciplines including zoology, ecology, botany, behaviour and evolutionary biology, within a diverse range of terrestrial habitats. The program provides graduates with the skills required to observe, explore and understand the biological world in all its diversity. Build your zoology and ecology tool-kit at James Cook University (JCU), join the scientific community, and make a global impact

  • Career opportunities at the Australian Wildlife Conservancy.

Research and Innovation Services - Opening doors to opportunity. A single point of contact for researchers, potential partners and research commercialisation.

Grants, Proposals and Awards

  • 2024 funding opportunities. Closes 1 of June 2023. It will support scientists to undertake research projects as well as trave and lectures at a national and international level.

1) Research awards

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scientist Award

Margaret Middleton Fund for Endangered Australian Native Vertebrate Animals

Max Day Environmental Science Fellowship Award

Thomas Davies Research Fund for Marine, Soil and Plant Biology

2) Travelling fellowships

Graeme James Caughley Travelling Fellowship for ecologists resident in Australia or New Zealand to travel to overseas scientific centres

Rudi Lemberg Travelling Fellowship for Australians or overseas scientists to visit Australian scientific centres and to deliver lectures

Selby Fellowship for overseas scientists to visit Australian scientific centres

3)  Research conference funding

Boden Research Conference in the Biological Sciences

Elizabeth and Frederick White Research Conference in the Physical Sciences

Fenner Conference on the Environment

  • The Margaret Middleton Fund offers annual science grants of up to $20,000 each to support field-based, high-quality ecological research by early career researchers. The scope of the research is open to terrestrial, marine and freshwater research on endangered Australian native vertebrate animals. Nominations close 1 June 2023. The research awards committee terms of reference can be found here.
  • Australian Academy of Science: a whole range of awarding and funding opportunities. Check out on the link here.
  • EDGE Protected and Conserved Area Fund is open for applications. A  bold new US$ 5,000,000 partnership to protect and conserve habitat for the world’s most threatened and evolutionarily distinct species. It is a partnership between several IUCN Members/affiliates, including Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, On The Edge Conservation, Re:wild, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Synchronicity Earth and the Zoological Society of London with funding provided by Rainforest Trust. The Fund will provide grants to local Civil Society Organizations that are focused on creating or expanding protected and conserved areas for EDGE species – species that are evolutionarily distinct and at the highest risk of extinction – across the tropics and subtropics. Click here for more information on how to apply.
  • EOI: CSIRO Industry PhD Program webinar. CSIRO’s Industry PhD program. For further information on the other two streams refer to the National Industry PhD Program. CSIRO are looking for JCU researchers interested in working with their CSIRO and industry partners to create industry-focused PhD projects as part of the CSIRO Industry PhD (iPhD) program. Students will benefit from a generous scholarship and operating expenses, as well as receiving additional training. CSIRO iPhD staff can assist JCU researchers with finding industry partners and finding a CSIRO researcher to work with the aim to  attract high quality applicants, and support the student and supervisory team throughout the PhD journey. The 2023 Expression of Interest (EOI) process for the CSIRO Industry PhD Program is now open. There is a webinar on the 23rd March 1230pm-115pm AEST to attend please register here. For more information on the program  please contact Ally Lankester Ally.Lankester@csiro.au or Duncan Byrne Program Manager +61262766593 or Fiona Whittenbury fiona.whittenbury@jcu.edu.au in JCU GRS.
  • Engaging Science Grants.   The Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist is offering grants of up to $20,000 for STEM-related events and educational activities that increase student and/or community engagement with scientists and participation in STEM-based projects including citizen science projects. Before you apply, please check eligibility and guidelines.  Applications are now open and close at 4pm on Monday 6 March 2023.
  • Up to $30,000 USD  for Small Grant Fund for EAAFP Working Groups and Task Forces.  The Application period is open from 3 January 2023. The application deadline is 5pm (Seoul Time) on 6 February 2023. Please submit the application to EAAFP Secretariat at secretariat@eaaflyway.net
  • Google Research Scholar Program. The Research Scholar Program provides unrestricted gifts of up to USD 60,000 (AUD 95,754.00) to support research at institutions around the world for 12 month projects. Applicants must have received their PhD within seven years of submission. Applicants must be a full-time assistant, associate, or professor at a university or degree-granting research institution at the time of the application submission. Post-doctoral staff can only serve as a co-PI, not a primary PI. Further information on the program is available here. Please get in touch with the JCU Research Grants and Opportunities team at grantsconnect@jcu.edu.au and JCU Advancement at penelope.falkenhagen@jcu.edu.au should you wish to apply.
  • NSW Government: Environmental Research. Grants up to $200,000. Due to 6 June. Priorities themes: Supporting threatened species recovery and climate change mitigation and adaptation. Click here for more information.
  • AMSA Excellence in Sea Country Award - Paid conference attendance in future years.
  • Call for Applications for Grants from the Australian Flora Foundation. The Foundation expects to support between two and four projects under both programs in 2023 with possible extension into 2024, and for Malcolm Reed grants into 2025. Further details can be found here, Information about the Foundation, and examples of grants awarded and their outcomes can be found here.
  • Plastic Pollution Research. Click here for more information
  • Grants up to $20k for engaging citizen science of general public. Click here for more information.
  • Koala Applied Research South East Queensland grants now open for Round 4. Grants of up to $100,000 (ex GST) are available for eligible recipients.  Program guidelines and application details:Queensland Government website. For more information email to: csagrants@des.qld.gov.au